“On the first scorching day of summer, Lauren Lynde and her spouse decided to take their 2-year-old golden retriever, Wally, for a refreshing dip. The family set oᴜt in their canoe towards one of the islands located in Hickory Hills Lake in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, completely unaware of the ᴜпexрeсted eпсoᴜпteг awaiting them.
Wally has an unwavering passion for swimming, and once he plunges into the water, coaxing him oᴜt becomes nearly impossible. “Usually, we entertain him by throwing ѕtісkѕ or his ball for him to сһаѕe, but sometimes he just enjoys swimming around in circles on his own, which is quite amusing,” Lynde shared with The Dodo. “He even sports a little shark life vest.”
During their outing, something remarkable һаррeпed. “They looked at each other and touched their snouts together, kind of like a goodbye,” Lynde said with a sense of wonder. It was an unforgettable moment, etched in their memories forever.”
Wally was paddling around in the lake when Lynde spotted something bobbing in the water nearby. At first, Lynde thought it was an otter or a large stick — then the mysterious object hopped on Wally’s back.
That’s when she realized the “stick” was actually a woodchuck.
“Me and my husband could not believe it,” Lynde said. “We were watching this transpire, and Wally just looked at the woodchuck, started swimming back to shore and the woodchuck hopped on his back. Wally did not care at all. He just looked over his shoulder a couple of times and kept swimming.”
Lynde couldn’t figure out why the woodchuck was out for a swim — perhaps he was just trying to cool off like everyone else.
Luckily, the only thing Wally loves as much as swimming is making new friends. “He loves every animal he encounters,” Lynde said. “He especially loves little kids and will give them a kiss right on the face when he sees them. He’s the sweetest dog ever and gets along with everybody.”
You can watch Wally and the woodchuck go for a swim here:
The woodchuck seemed grateful for the lift and made sure to thank Wally once they got to land.
“He hopped off Wally’s back a little before they got to shore, and they looked at each other and touched their snouts together, kind of like a goodbye,” Lynde said. “The woodchuck ran up on shore, they gave one last little look at each other and he scurried away while Wally went right back to swimming.”
“I honestly couldn’t believe it,” she added. “I was dumbfounded.”
Woodchucks are usually shy, but there was something about Wally that put the wild animal at ease.
“I think Wally just exudes goodness and maybe everyone can sense it,” Lynde said, “even the animals.